I wrote a bit ago about racism in our Federal government. Here’s another example, this time in the milieu of a Federal court reaching deep inside a State to overrule the vote of the people of a local community. All in the name of racial preference.
It seems that the voters of Kinston, NC, via a 2008 plebiscite, had decided that, rather than bearing the costs of primaries and to reduce burdens imposed by their existing electoral system on third party and unaffiliated candidates, they’d alter their city charter to provide for a nonpartisan election system, one in which anyone would be able to run for local political office, and no candidate would be required, a priori, to have a party affiliation or a potful of petition signatures to find a place on the ballot.
But no. The illustrious Federal Attorney General Eric Holder objected on the basis that
…elimination of party affiliation on the ballot will likely reduce the ability of blacks to elect candidates of choice.
In a decision filed just a few days ago via LaRoque v. Holder, 755 F. Supp. 2d 156, Federal District Judge John D. Bates, actually upheld Holder’s objection and ruled that the good people of Kinston may not speak for themselves; their decision does not count because the Federal government knows better. A copy of Judge Bates’ ruling can be found here.
The basis of the Bates’ and Holder’s Progressives Know Better position? It’s that asserted inability “of blacks to elect candidates of choice” without knowing party affiliations. These worthies think American blacks a) are stereotyped into voting Democratic preferentially, b) are too lazy to find out who the candidates are without a party logo, and c) are simply too stupid to know what to do without someone telling them.
This is another example of the racism of low expectations. And of the very stereotyping against which so many anti-racism organizations object. Yet it’s the only way for a failed government to preserve its power: keep Americans properly on the plantation.